Security & Strategic Review - June 2012 (ISSN 1741-4202)

Is this the anti-cartel strategy for Mexico’s new president?

As Mexico goes to the polls the biggest question is what the next government will do regarding the anti-cartel drive launched by the outgoing Felipe Calderón, heavily reliant on military action, which has left a toll of at least 50,000, perhaps even more than 70,000 dead, and shows little sign of easing. The three leading candidates have said they will not withdraw the troops until the law enforcement agencies have been strengthened enough to take over. Beyond that they have said little, but experts from outside government have been putting forward ideas that have been surprisingly convergent.

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